Cystitis

What Is Cystitis?

Cystitis is an infection of the bladder. The bladder is the part of the urinary tract that collects the urine from the kidneys which normally contains no micro-organisms.

However, sometimes bacteria or yeast from the lower gastrointestinal tract or rectal area enter the urinary tract, usually through the urethra (tube that allows urine to pass out from the bladder). When bacteria or yeast cling to the urethra, they can multiply and infect the urethra. They can then travel up and infect the bladder. Most cases of cystitis are caused by bacteria from the rectal area.

What Are the symptoms of cystitis?

Cystitis in adults can cause:

  • Pain, burning or stinging when you pee.
  • Needing to pee more often and urgently than normal.
  • Feeling like you need to pee again soon after going to the toilet.
  • Urine that is dark, cloudy or strong-smelling.
  • Pain low down in your tummy.
  • Feeling generally unwell, achy, sick and tired.
  • Blood in your urine.

Bacterial and interstitial cystitis may sometimes occur together and cause severe symptoms not relieved by courses of antibiotics. In such cases, special combination treatment to eradicate the bacteria and protect the bladder lining is essential for complete cure of the pelvic pain.

You can book an appointment without a referral from your GP and one of consultants will be able to examine you, complete the necessary diagnostic tests, and agree a treatment plan.

Please call the clinic on 0800 049 6944 to book your appointment.

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